This is a pretty cool post about from a (infrequently blogging) comedian interviewing another comedian. My favorite question was regarding “a wierdest moment on stage.”

(My interest in weird comedian stories comes from the recent release of Comedy War Stories.)

From: 8 Questions with a comedian: Johnny Millwater

Here’s an excerpt:

8 Questions With Johnny Millwater

3. Weirdest Moment in Comedy?

All my moments in comedy are pretty weird.

In the pursuit of comedic greatness I have been de-trousered, robbed, beaten, burned (often), and molested by drunk men and women varying in age from 18 to 92.

I’ve been hit by a semi truck, I’ve survived a plane crash, I’ve burned stages, I shattered the neon sign at the legendary Charlie Goodnight’s with my body and I watched an 85 year old woman literally die laughing in front of me during a show in front of 1500 people.

I’ve performed great shows feverish, bleeding, suicidal, nauseous and nude.

My weirdest moment in comedy would be if a show went the way I expected it to.

I’d say he has that about right. I’ve never had anybody die in my audiences, but when I worked for cruise ships I had a few senior citizens sleep in the front row. (Yeah, the FRONT row.) It would have been worse, (they could have been snoring, which they weren’t.) The only good news is that they were asleep before my show started. Which kept me just insecure, and not suicidal.
Weird comedy shows? Bring them on!

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Brad Montgomery
Corporate Comedian, Clean Comedian, Collector of Many Goofy Road Stories

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People will take the wrong lesson from this humor mis-cue:

Sen. John Kerry apologized for “a botched joke” about President Bush’s
Iraq policies that led Bush and Republicans to accuse him of insulting U.S. troops.

This stupid mis-telling of a joke has landed the Democrat in some hot water, and given the Republicans something to whine about besides their recent troubles.

“Of course I’m sorry about a botched joke. You think I love botched jokes? I mean, you know, it’s pretty stupid.”

I’ll say, Senator Forget-The-Punchline. Kerry told a recent audience of students that they might get “stuck in Iraq” if they don’t make it through the educational system.

Kerry said he messed up the delivery of a joke aimed at Bush — according to aides, the punchline was originally written to say “you end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.”

As a comedian and an presentation skills instructor, this messed-up punchline makes me crazy. The lesson that most people will take from this humor-fiasco is that humor is dangerous and is best avoided. That conclusion is understandable, but is wrong.

This play-it-safe strategy is what leads to such boring candidates as Dukakis, Kerry, Gore, Dole, and Forbes. (Boring guys who lost; guys who do their best to squash any personality they might have and present a very cardboard construction of a pubic persona.)

Yet humor is a tool that, if practiced, can tremendously help political candidates (or anybody else looking to excel). Ronald Reagan’s most famous use of humor, where he joked of the “age issue” by promising “not to use his opponent’s youth and inexperience against him,” helped seal his election. In other words: use humor well, and you’ll get what you want. Improved bottom line performance, more sales, or… public office.

Yet I KNOW that what most people will take out of this botched Kerry joke is to not use humor at all. But avoiding humor is a mistake. Listen to Reagan. Listen to me. Humor works.

Just learn the freaking punchline.

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Brad Montgomery
Humorist & Comedian, Presentation Skills Coach, Humor in the Workplace Speaker

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